Mardi Gras Checklist: What You Need to Stay Safe and Comfortable

Check out our list of Mardi Gras necessities, aimed at keeping you safe and comfortable during extended periods outdoors. See you at the parades!

Happy Mardi Gras! (Photo courtesy Loren Javier on Flickr)

Layers of clothing.

The weather is fickle this time of year. Some years, we have seen downright balmy temperatures for Mardi Gras, while other years (especially those in recent memory) have been chilly and rainy. Be sure to check the hourly forecast before you head out for the day, and plan to dress in layers so that you can adjust to changes in temperature throughout the day. Accessories like rain ponchos, umbrellas, scarves, gloves, and hats can also help you stay dry and warm.

A bag.

Carry a tote or backpack with you to the parades. This allows you to keep your hands free if you need them (for catching beads or for navigating through a crowd.) It also allows you the extra room you need to bring…


Healthy snacks that combat hunger with protein and fiber are ideal for Mardi Gras outings. Almonds, apples, beef jerky, and homemade energy bites are all good choices — they’re portable and don’t require refrigeration.


Staying hydrated is important throughout the year, but during Mardi Gras, you’ll want to drink plenty of water, especially if you are also consuming alcoholic beverages. Plan to alternate between water an alcohol, and be sure to set reasonable drinking limits.

Cab fare.

Don’t carry too much cash with you during Mardi Gras, but plan to have enough for cab fare if you need it. Remember — it will probably take extra time to get a taxi during busy parades, so plan accordingly.

A fully charged cellphone.

You may also want to add local cab companies into your contacts, in addition to other numbers you may need — like your nearest MHM location! Never attend events alone, but in case you get separated, be sure to have the contact information readily available for those you came with so you can get back in touch.

All MHM locations are open regular business hours, unless otherwise noted.

  • Wed, Feb 11th — Uptown closes at 5PM
  • Thurs, Feb 12th — Uptown closes at 4PM
  • Fri, Feb 13th — Metairie closes at 8PM, Uptown closes at 5PM
  • Sat, Feb 14th — Mid-city is CLOSED
  • Sun, Feb 15th — Uptown is CLOSED
  • Mon, Feb 16th — Uptown closes at 5PM
  • Tues, Feb 17th — Open 3PM-8PM: Kenner, Thibodaux, Lakeview, Luling, Mandeville **All other centers are CLOSED